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Amauri G. Costa

Costa, Amauri G.


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Amauri G. Costa counsels clients in the telecommunications, information technology and energy industries on transnational and domestic mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and project development, and interpretation of legal and regulatory environments in Latin America. Mr. Costa also represents lenders and borrowers in domestic and multi jurisdiction corporate and trade finance transactions, including facilities involving security interests in multiple jurisdictions in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Mr. Costa has experience representing clients intending to do business in South and Central America, and Latin America-based companies doing business in the United States. He regularly provides general corporate and commercial assistance to multinational companies and advises on technology, intellectual property, energy and telecommunications regulations.

A part of Mr. Costa's practice involves ongoing counsel to several international banks in trade finance transactions supported by the U.S. Export-Import Bank, and advice on finance transactions involving other credit agencies or multilateral lending institutions.

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Mr. Costa's practice also involves management of local counsel in complex corporate and finance transactions, commercial litigation and administrative proceedings before regulatory agencies. Mr. Costa has experience representing clients in international arbitrations under the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce involving contracts governed by Brazilian law.

Prior to joining Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Mr. Costa practiced law for 10 years in Brazil, concentrating on regulatory and transactional corporate, finance and telecommunication/technology issues.

Representative Matters

Represented U.S.-based investment fund in corporate dispute resulting from investment in Brazil, including management of local counsel in complex litigation against local partners and third parties, either before Brazilian courts and U.S. courts or in international arbitration.

On-going representation of major international financial institutions in trade finance transactions supported by the U.S. Export-Import Bank, other export credit agencies or private insurers, ranging from working capital facilities, to short-, medium- and long-term borrower credit and aircraft finance.

Represented long-distance telecommunications service provider in regulatory proceeding in Brazil involving survey of competition rules regarding access to local markets in the United States, Latin America, European Union and its member states, and Asia.

Represented several U.S.-based investors in mergers or acquisitions involving stock or assets of companies located in Brazil.

Represented investors based in Latin America in mergers or acquisitions or expansion into North America.

Assistance to clients entering into contractual arrangements with counterparties in Latin America.

Publications and Speeches

“Litigating a civil case: Brazilian and US civil case system comparison”, Seminar on the Issues in the Administration of Justice, International Judicial Academy, November 2012 and April 2013

Moderator, “Legal Perspective and Current Framework”, International Conference on Clean & Renewable Energy, Miami, FL, November 2011

Moderator, “Financing Sustainable Energy Projects”, International Conference on Renewable Energy, Miami, FL, November 2010

Moderator, "Legal Infrastructure for Energy Integration Agreements in the Southern Cone", 4th Annual Energy Integration Congress in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, October 2007

"New Trends in Commercial Lending in Latin America", Financier Worldwide Magazine Supplement Opportunities in Emerging Markets, March 2007

"Operações Internacionais de Crédito (International Finance Transactions)", International Business Communications' legal newsletter, November 2006.

"Challenges, Opportunities Face Telecoms Regulators-Brazil," Business News Americas, January 2003.

"Tax Aspects of Doing Business in Brazil," Brazil-Texas Chamber of Commerce, Houston, Texas, October 2004.

"New Trends in Project Development in Latin America," First Annual International Project Development Conference, International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Houston, Texas, September 2004.

"Legal Aspects of Internet Access in Latin America," Fifth Annual Latin American Telecom and I.T. Conference, North Texas Global Telecommunications Society, Dallas, Texas, June 2003.


LL.M., Queen Mary and Westfield College, 1995
Graduate Specialization in Corporate and Commercial Law, University McKenzie, Brazil, 1991
LL.B, Law School of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1990

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Brazil, São Paulo Chapter


Euromoney PLC, IFLR1000’s Energy and Infrastructure Guide, Latin America, Leading Lawyer, 2013-2014
Co-presenter in the Brazil-U.S. Legal & Judicial Studies Program, Washington College of Law, American University


Fluent Portuguese
Fluent Spanish